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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 October 2006, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Cushendall 2-14 2-7 Loughgiel
Injured Cushendall captain Michael McCambridge and playing skipper Aidan Delargy
Michael McCambridge and Aidan Delargy celebrate Cushendall's win
Loughgiel were beaten in the Antrim hurling final for a fourth successive year as Cushendall overturned a nine-point deficit to claim victory.

Goals from Eddie McCluskey and Liam Watson helped Loughgiel establish a 2-6 to four points lead at half-time.

But Loughgiel crumbled after the break and Cushendall hit 2-7 without reply.

Shane McNaughton and Neil McManus got the goals as the rejuvenated Ruairi Ogs went on to retain the Volunteer Cup with a seven-point success.

Loughgiel, who won the Ulster Hurling League, will wonder how they let a long-awaited Antrim title slip from their grasp.

Early scores from Joey Scullion and Johny Campbell edged them ahead before four scores from Watson gave them a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage.

Then came McCluskey's goal which made it 1-6 to 0-2, and when Watson struck a 20-yard free into the net it looked like the Shamrocks' lucky day.

But the second half was a disaster for P J O'Mullan's men.

Cushendall landed four unanswered points before Shane McNaughton snatched their first goal.

A McManus point then brought the sides level before the same player pounced for a goal after keeper D D Quinn had lost a high ball.

One free was all Loughgiel had to show for a dismal second period.

"We got off to a slow start," admitted Cushendall skipper Aidan Delargy.

"Credit to Loughgiel because they came out with all guns blazing.

"They had the wind in the first half and we always make things difficult for ourselves."



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